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Lack of women candidates for local elections

The lack of women candidates in local elections ‘puts councils behind the times’. Data produced by the Fawcett Society and Democracy Club finds women are making up just a third of those running.

34% of the people who ran in the local elections on 2nd May were women, up just three percentage points on the last time that these councils went to the polls in 2015.

If the pace of change over the last two elections is maintained, it will take over 32 years and eight election cycles for women to achieve equality on these councils. In response, the Fawcett Society is calling for political parties to take urgent action by setting targets and a plan for change.

Sam Smethers, Fawcett Society Chief Executive, said: ““This lack of progress is shocking and puts councils squarely behind the times. We can’t wait more than three decades for women to play an equal part in local government. National attention may be focussed on Brexit, but without women on our councils, vital issues like care for older people, planning decisions, and council tax will continue to be decided by men.”

Read: Fawcett Society - Lack of Women Candidates in local elections ‘puts councils  behind the times’